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Trainer confident smart colt will strip sharper for rich 2YO Classic

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Ben Hayes sounded a warning to rival trainers chasing next Saturday’s pot of gold when he announced his gifted representative Finance Tycoon (Written Tycoon) was open to significant improvement.

Hayes made the comment after an under-done Finance Tycoon, who he prepares with Tom Dabernig, returned to competition with a tenacious defeat of Shaquero (Shalaa {Ire}) in Saturday’s Aquis Gold Nugget.

The Lindsay Park-trained colt will strip considerably sharper for next weekend’s $2 million R. Listed The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic as he hadn’t raced for three months prior to heading to Queensland.

While Finance Tycoon had already booked his berth in the 2YO Classic before claiming the Nugget, Swift Witness (Star Witness) had to earlier win the Aquis Gold Pearl to claim a golden ticket and she too did that in style against the fillies.

Finance Tycoon, was making his first appearance since claiming the G3 Maribyrnong Plate in early November off the back of a debut second, also at Flemington, stalked the pace in third spot under Luke Nolen and strode to the front 150 metres off the post.

“Today, he was only 80 per cent fit and we didn’t have him wound up because he had already qualified for the Magic Millions,” Hayes said. “As long as he pulls up well, I think he’s a great chance and we're really looking forward to it.

“As long as he pulls up well, I think he’s a great chance and we're really looking forward to it.” – Ben Hayes

“It was a very good job by the horse and the team back home because he never really went out of work. He’s been in since the spring carnival and we just kept him ticking over.

“He had residual fitness and I thought it was a great ride by Luke. He jumped out and got a good position and it looked to me like he star-gazed a bit and didn’t put them away. He got there on the line and that’s all that counts.”

Runner-up Shaquero was much-improved after a below-par effort when unplaced in the G3 BJ McLachlan S. in his Queensland debut.

He was taken on in front and fought gallantly to the line before going under by 0.2l and Jackson On Time (Sebring) was third.

McKeever's astute buy

Bred by Boom Racing Thoroughbreds, Finance Tycoon was offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by Eureka Stud and bought by McKeever Bloodstock, who is in the ownership group, for $150,000.

He is a son of Darook Park (Darci Brahma {NZ}), a half-sister to the juvenile winner and Karaka Million and G1 Diamond S. placegetter Silk Pins (NZ) (Pins). The G2 Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic winner Gypsy Diamond (Not A Single Doubt) also appears on the pedigree page.

Finance Tycoon as a yearling

“If you look at him in the mounting yard he looks like a 3-year-old. He’s got a big hip and just looks like he’s going to improve,” Hayes said.

“He’s a horse that’s kept stepping up to the mark for us and he’s really exciting. He’s a genuine chance next Saturday. He’s the ultimate professional and that’s a big help going forward.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to my brother JD, who travelled him down here, he did a great job."

Swiftly into Classic

Swift Witness (Star Witness) bolted away with the Aquis Gold Pearl in 1:02.79, a class record, to steam into next weekend’s 2YO Classic.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly had finished a distant third behind She’s All Class (I Am Invincible), the current favourite for next Saturday’s feature 2-year-old event, but has no doubt improved with her first-up outing in the R. Listed Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic.

Swift Witness bounced well from the gates to sit in behind the pace on the fence and once rider Glen Boss had her into clear air she bounded clear to win by 3l.

The sole debutante Glorious Ruby (Your Song) turned in a fine performance to finish second with the previously unbeaten Miss Hipstar (Star Turn) running on for third. She was a touch tardily away and came on from back in the field.

The race was delayed significantly when Rhapsody Rose (Star Witness) dislodged rider Justin Huxtable, who was kicked by the pony and had to forego the mount to Ben Thompson.

Swift Witness was purchased out of Widden Stud’s Magic Millions Gold Coast draft by trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for $260,000 and is a sister to the dual winner Terminology, who was second in the Listed Gosford Guineas.

They are out of Taylor’s Command (Commands), a half-sister to the G2 Queen of the South S. winner So Pristine (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}) and the family of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year and G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic winner Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy {NZ}).

Swift Witness as a yearling